Sprint Spark, Sprint’s latest high-speed network, is supposed to be the new hotness. And, even though things have been rough in the early going, Spark shows a lot of promise. Sprint would like you to see for yourself, so they’re introducing a new gadget to show off what their new network is capable of.
Sprint LivePro is a hybrid mobile hotspot and projector that can fit into your pocket. The 4.7″ x 4.7″ device has a 10-inch to 10-foot projection display, along with a 4″ touchscreen. LivePro runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with an interface that allows you to select content to project and set up the mobile hotspot. You’ll still have full access to Google Play, though, so you can project and use apps, too.
Files can be streamed through the device using an HDMI or USB connection, or using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi if you want to use files in cloud storage. If you have another Miracast-enabled device, you can mirror your smartphone or tablet’s display using LivePro, too. All that said, there’s also 4 GB of storage in the LivePro itself, along with a microSD card slot that supports up to another 32 GB.
LivePro also plays nice with external equipment. You can pair the projector with external speakers over a Bluetooth connection, if you need an audio boost for your presentation. The 5,000 mAh battery is hefty enough to serve as an external battery pack for a smartphone or tablet.
As for being a mobile hotspot, the LivePro can connect up to eight devices over Wi-Fi to Sprint’s Spark network. That means you’ll need to buy LivePro with a data plan from Sprint, which can get pricey. Even the device itself is shockingly expensive—24 months worth of $18.75 payments comes out to $450. On top of that, you’ll need to get a 3 GB, 6 GB, or 12 GB 3G/4G data plan for the Spark network, which cost $35, $50, and $80 per month, respectively.